JT Polls Are Now Open

As part of an effort to open up its news-gathering operation to its readers, the Baltimore Jewish Times has launched a regular feature of online polls designed to provoke audience engagement and contributions.

“There are a host of issues that we cover, and we don’t only want to listen to the experts,” said Editor-in-Chief Joshua Runyan. “Nobody knows what you want better than you.”

The feature launched June 13 by asking readers who they would be voting for in the June 24 Maryland gubernatorial primaries. Less than a week later, more than 300 readers had responded online, with 35 percent choosing Democrat Doug Gansler, the state’s attorney general. Del. Heather Mizeur, another Democratic candidate, won 19 percent of the votes, while Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown — the favorite among statewide polls of the Democratic field — received 17 percent.

On the Republican side, Harford County Executive David Craig received 19 percent of the total votes, with businessman Larry Hogan coming in second place. Del. Ron George and Marine reservist Charles Lollar tied for third.

This week, the JT wants to know: Should the U.S. increase its troop commitment in Iraq beyond protecting the embassy in Baghdad?

Go to jewishtimes.com/polls to cast your vote, and stay tuned for the results.

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